Analects 15:29

Confucius said

Making a mistake and not correcting it—that indeed is a mistake.

To have faults and not to reform them,—this, indeed, should be pronounced having faults. L

The real fault is to have faults and not try to amend them. G

He who errs and reforms not, errs indeed. C


We cannot overtake the past—but by not rectifying mistakes and faults, we only end up persisting in them.

The chun tzu leaves his faults and mistakes rather than excusing, defending, or increasing them.